Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Year in Review

This year, I decided to do a post that sums up our 2015. As many of you know, I print these posts into "blog books" that sit on my piano and that we frequently flip through. This post will be an easy way to review what we did in 2015! If there was one word to describe 2015, it would be TRAVEL! Just posting this makes me tired! :)

JANUARY - Mulenga's Wedding!

Getting to attend one of our absolute closest friend's wedding was amazing. Blu led the service, I spent hours making the wedding cakes, and Cambree was the flower girl. It has been amazing to watch Mulenga "grow up" and now have a family of his own!

FEBRUARY - Family Camping Trip!

Oh the adventures! We spent 3 nights camping in Lusaka - swimming, cooking out, and just enjoying each other! It had its insane moments, but now that almost a year has passed, I can look back and say it was a blast!

MARCH - Trip to the USA for Cloud's wedding!

You miss so many family times when you live overseas, so we were so blessed that Cloud flew us all back to attend his wedding! What a special time to all be together! (2 days travel, 4 days in USA, 2 days travel - can you say jet lag???)

APRIL - The Field Trip

6 hour bus ride, horse farm, airplane rides, camping, swimming, and eating lots and lots of nshima....the field trip of 2015 was epic!

MAY - Prosthetics & Prayer Cards

The month before the craziness of volunteer season! The prosthetics team came and Erin took our prayer card picture for our upcoming furlough - May was exciting!

JUNE - Caedmon the Gardener turns 10 with a Nacho Party!

Our firstborn turned 10! We had a blast celebrating with a Nacho Libre themed party! (thank the Lord the power went out so I didn't have to sit through that movie...again...)

JULY - Tidwell kids leave for the USA!

Oh my heart...we put our 3 babies on a plane with a volunteer team and they came to the USA 5 weeks ahead of us! Grandparent time, church camp, and swimming their hearts out! :) Would we do it again? Ask me in a year or two!

AUGUST - Switzerland/Germany/Austria and the USA!

Time for furlough! A stop in Europe to relax and enjoy my man before heading to the USA for 5 months!

SEPTEMBER - Blu's Birthday trip to Turner Falls, Oklahoma!

I have called this my "Groundhog Day" - a day I wouldn't mind doing over and over again. We spent the day hiking up into caves in Oklahoma, playing in the creek, and just enjoying being together, followed by an introduction to our kids of the game laser day ever!

OCTOBER - My Birthday trip to Costa Rica!

My birthday breakfast on the balcony of the Four Seasons Resort followed by paddle boarding in Costa Rica will be hard to top. Ever.

NOVEMBER - Disney sweet Disney!

What an amazing road trip and 3 days in the parks. Take me back, take me back!

DECEMBER - Last day of school!

The Tidwell kids finished up their semester of school in the USA and it was the craziness of class parties, exams, and turning the page on this paragraph of life! We then enjoyed amazing family time with both sides of the family!

It's hard to not look at our 2015 and say that we are so blessed beyond what we deserve! I am eager to see what 2016 holds for our family and ready to make as many adventures as possible as we serve Jesus in Zambia this coming year!

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